New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Saturday dismissed a petition filed by Delhi Minister Satyendar Jain challenging the lower court’s order to transfer his alleged money laundering case to another court.
Judge Yogesh said that all facts were duly considered by the Senior District and Sessions Judge during the transfer of the case, which is being reviewed by the Enforcement Branch (ED), and that it cannot be concluded that the decision suffered from any illegality or required interference.
“The question is not one of integrity or righteousness of the judge but of apprehension in the mind of a party,” the court said. “The motion is therefore dismissed,” the court said in its order, as reported by the news agency. PTI.
Earlier in September, Jain had asked the High Court to challenge the September 23 order of Senior District and Sessions Judge Vinay Kumar Gupta, who transferred the money laundering case to Special Judge Vikas Dhull from Judge special Geetanjali Goel, who was hearing his request for bail. The district judge’s order was made on the basis of a transfer request submitted by the investigative body.
The agency had argued that although there was no complaint against the judge hearing the case, it was “a case of likely bias” in favor of the Delhi minister and there were fears that he does not get an independent and impartial hearing. Jain argued in the High Court that the ED cannot be allowed to ‘bully’ a judge and seek the transfer of the case on the grounds of ‘bias’ without any basis.
The ED had arrested Jain and two others in the money laundering case based on a Central Bureau of Investigation FIR filed against the AAP chief in 2017 under the Prevention of Corruption Act. Jain is accused of laundering money through four companies linked to him.
The CBI had registered a DA case against Satyendar Jain on August 24, 2017 and filed an indictment against him on December 3, 2018, the agency official said. ANI. Jain was arrested by the Directorate of Law Enforcement (ED) in an alleged money laundering case and taken into custody until June 9.
(With PTI, ANI inputs)